For those of you who want to go beyond another level for Google’s PhotoSphere mode on your Android device and take seamless 360-degree photos, you may want to consider the Ricoh Theta M15 360 camera.
The Ricoh Theta M15 360 camera features two 180-degree fisheye-like lenses that capture 360-degree photos and videos. For photos, your 360-degree photos are taken instantly, no need to stitch up 30-50 different photos using PhotoSphere mode. For videos, you can take full 360-degree videos that can also be easily uploaded to YouTube’s new 360-degree video feature.
For storage, the Ricoh Theta comes with only 3.7GB of usable storage. This isn’t much storage (and I wish there was a micro-SD card slot option) but this will be plenty of storage for taking 360-degree photos and videos all day long. Oh yeah, the Ricoh Theta limits you to only 3-minute video clips at one time and a total of 40 minutes of 360-degree video. If you need to take longer videos, this might not be the 360 camera for you (instead you may want to consider the Kodak 360 camera).
Here’s a quick demo of my 360 video uploaded to YouTube: (The resolution is not as good as original as YouTube renders it down further.)
My current favorite features include the easy-to-use Android app (which allows you to transfer your 360 photos instantly to your phone and also view them in full 360), micro-USB charging (so you can re-charge easily using any micro-USB adapter or USB power bank), and simple-to-use interface (just hit the button to take photos).
Overall, for what it is, the Ricoh Theta M15 is a super, portable 360-degree camera that’s going to capture some great 360-degree photos and videos on the go. For some of you, this could be an important feature if you are let’s say a realtor. You could literally take 360-degree snapshots of your new house listings in matter of minutes.
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